April 20, 2014

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Tribe notes: Michael Bourn still on the shelf

CLEVELAND — Activation day came and went for center fielder Michael Bourn, who was eligible to leave the disabled list Tuesday but is still mending from a laceration on his right index finger.

Manager Terry Francona re-emphasized that when Bourn recovers fully, he would require a brief minor-league rehab stint before returning to the Indians‘ lineup.

“He will continue to progress. When he gets to the point when he’s ready to play, we’ll get him out to play a couple (rehab) games,” Francona said. “We’re not there yet. He’s not quite ready to go out.”

Bourn has yet to take batting practice, focusing most of his rehab work on running. He was off to a nice start, hitting .333 with two home runs and two RBIs in his first 10 games.

  • As expected, Nick Swisher (left shoulder) was out of the lineup for the second straight day. Swisher started all of Cleveland’s first 23 games. Francona said Swisher would return tonight for the series opener with Minnesota.
  • Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) will be re-evaluated today. The right-hander has been receiving daily treatment since being placed on the injured list April 20. Myers (0-3, 8.02 ERA) is eligible for activation Sunday, but will not leave the DL then.

Bauer’s back

The Indians promoted right-hander Trevor Bauer from Triple-A Columbus to start the series finale with Philadelphia on Wednesday, optioning left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone back to the minors.

According to major league scout, one of the knocks on the quirky Bauer in Arizona was that when he struggled with his command, he would try to strike everyone out and not trust his defense.

“I think that’s a little of a blanket statement,” Francona said. “With young pitchers, it’s a progression. He likes to miss bats. That’s not going to change. I think when he learns to pitch ahead with his fastball everything will fall into place very quickly, because he’s got tremendous off-speed pitches to go along with his fastball. But command of his fastball is what I think everything goes off of with just about every pitcher.”

Francona called Hagadone’s demotion a numbers game. It was the left-hander’s second stint with the Indians this season after making the team out of training camp.

“We didn’t want to do it and we told him that,” Francona said of Hagadone, who owns a 2.45 in eight appearances. “We don’t want him to be in Triple-A, but that’s kind of the move we had to make.”

Next up

The Indians are off today, continuing their nine-game homestand with a three-game series against Central Division rival Minnesota that begins Friday night at 7:05.

Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.12 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 2.35), while Scott Kazmir (0-1, 8.64) goes for the Indians on Saturday (1:05 p.m.) against RHP Kevin Correia (3-1, 2.23).

Corey Kluber (2-0, 2.25) starts for Cleveland in the series finale Sunday (1:05 p.m.), while the Twins counter with RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-3, 7.66).

Easy rider

Francona said he would walk to the park on game days, but he’s opted for a moped-like scooter instead. He’s encountered some traffic issues.

“The laws are a little different here in Cleveland, Ohio, so I’ve been kind of going home through alleys and stuff,” Francona joked.

Roundin’ third

  • The Indians entered Wednesday leading the American League with 36 home runs in 24 games. They ranked second in the majors behind Atlanta’s 38 homers. … Carlos Santana finished April with a 1.198 OPS, which was the fourth-highest in club history over the first month of the season.

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